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and add an additional 7,000 square feet. Now, we have 18,000 square feet. (It) changed from the back of a pickup truck and one employee to 38 employees – a lot of change in 16-17 years. large animals anymore, just dogs, cats, birds, and so forth. My role here is C.E.O, president, and owner of Rabun Animal Hospital. I went to the University of Georgia for college and got a degree in Biology and then a de- gree in Veterinary Medicine. Rabun Animal Hospital is a business and I had almost two hours of lecture in business when I was in veterinary school. I took (a test) to get a wildlife rehabilitation license. In the state of Georgia, you have to have a license to be able to treat specific animals we see. In the past, we’ve treated bears. We see a lot of deer, possums, raccoons, snakes, and birds. Last week, we treated a groundhog. My favorite one, that I have ever rehabilitated, was an otter. That was so much fun. We released him here lo- cally. We do that just for the love of the community, (and) as a public service. A lot of times, it ends up (be- ing) a wild bird with a broken wing, (and) sometimes there’s nothing we can do for them other than just not let them starve. We humanely euthanize those. When it comes to wild animals like those, many veterinary hospitals don’t deal with them. We have just too much to do. That’s just a passion of mine, so I do it just for the fun of it. We started off working out of the back of a pickup truck, and from there, we had a 500 square foot building with one exam table. When we built this facility in Mountain City in 2002, we built it with three exam rooms. Instead of 500 squar e feet, we had 11,000 square feet. 15 years later, we had to expand to six exam rooms As opposed with people who will see a pediatrician when they’re little, another doctor when they’re old- er, and see a doctor for your toes, a doctor for your teeth, a doctor for your eyes, the treatment of animals starts with veterinarians who treat the whole patient from birth to convalescent. We’ve even started to do some hospice work with dogs at home and help them as they become older, can’t get around, and ease their suffering. The other thing that’s a little bit different is most people do not have insurance for their pets like people have health insurance. That allows me and the owner to talk very open and frankly about what’s best for families and dogs, rather than having (an) insurance company dictate what is and what doesn’t get done. That’s a pretty important distinction and one that I hope stays the way it is. Here, everybody is an animal lover and a people lov- er. You have to wanna help people. It is a service in- dustry. When you’re looking at a dog in an exam room, you’re really helping the people who love that animal. Everybody that I hire here has a tre- mendous love for the people of this community and their animals, and that’s what motivates us. Our oath as veterinarians is to help humans by caring for their animals, preventing disease, and prevent suffering. That is our